The University of Maryland Chamber Singers have achieved international renown with acclaimed performances of the most challenging repertoire ranging from the 16th through the 21st centuries. The ensemble made its first European tour in 2007 with a prize-winning appearance at the International Musical Eisteddfod in Wales. In 2011 they won Premier Prix for Mixed Choirs and the Prix Ronsard for Renaissance Singing at the 40th Florilège Vocal de Tours in France. They also appeared by invitation of the International Federation for Choral Music at the 10th World Symposium on Choral Music in South Korea.
The UMD Chamber Singers collaborate frequently with the National Symphony Orchestra in major works such as Bach's Mass in B minor and will return to the Kennedy Center in December 2015 for Handel's Messiah. Along with their regular symphonic collaborations, the ensemble specializes in the most important a cappella repertoire of the 20th century, having presented the masterpieces of Barber, Britten, Copland, Debussy, Howells, Poulenc, and Schönberg.
In addition to regularly singing under founding director Edward Maclary, the UMD Chamber Singers work with internationally renowned conductors such as Christoph Eschenbach, Helmuth Rilling, Rinaldo Alessandrini, and Iván Fischer. The group frequently appears by invitation at conferences of the American Choral Directors Association and National Collegiate Choral Organization (NCCO). Most recently the UMD Chamber Singers appeared as the featured ensemble of the 2013 NCCO conference in a highly acclaimed concert of music by Poulenc and Britten led by Matthew Halls, Artistic Director of the Oregon Bach Festival.